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(WXYZ Detroit)   What do you do when your house is slated for demolition? You swap address numbers with the one next door -And the city knocks down your neighbor's house   (wxyz.com) divider line 54
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2013-09-07 12:30:27 AM  
Too bad Arthur Dent didn't think of this.
 
2013-09-07 12:30:30 AM  
i.imgur.com Approve.
 
2013-09-07 01:46:25 AM  
Real men of genius
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2013-09-07 02:21:23 AM  
Staggers the imagination
 
2013-09-07 02:39:52 AM  
It seems like these stories come out all the time. Is it really that hard to use the slightest amount of diligence in identifying the correct house?
 
2013-09-07 02:43:35 AM  

Tellurium: It seems like these stories come out all the time. Is it really that hard to use the slightest amount of diligence in identifying the correct house?


obedience vs competence

which one (in this world) is most likely to keep you out of trouble?
 
2013-09-07 02:46:26 AM  
"OK, we can go back and tear down the right one, but it's gonna cost you time-and-a-half."
 
2013-09-07 02:47:26 AM  
blogs.hpedsb.on.ca
 
2013-09-07 02:56:03 AM  
woot
 
2013-09-07 03:01:29 AM  
I like the neighbour who measures the value of everything in 12-packs.
 
2013-09-07 03:03:04 AM  
Thanks, Tex Avery
 
2013-09-07 03:06:40 AM  
Isn't there a longish procedure when you do something like this?
- verify the address
- seal off the place
- put up clear signs
- ensure there is no one in the house, including scared children or pets that might be hiding
- (go thru the place and pocket any valuables)
- get a final sign-off
- shout a warning, blow a horn
- demolish
[You'd think the people whose house is about to get wrongfully demolished would know and call the cops.]

Or...do you just drive over there in a bulldozer, enter thru one end and out the other??
 
2013-09-07 03:11:49 AM  
I have it on reliable information that everything is measured in twelve packs in said county.  Diligence and procedure probably only exist in the local library's dictionary.

/hicup
 
2013-09-07 03:12:55 AM  

Resident Muslim: Isn't there a longish procedure when you do something like this?
- verify the address
- seal off the place
- put up clear signs
- ensure there is no one in the house, including scared children or pets that might be hiding
- (go thru the place and pocket any valuables)
- get a final sign-off
- shout a warning, blow a horn
- demolish
[You'd think the people whose house is about to get wrongfully demolished would know and call the cops.]

Or...do you just drive over there in a bulldozer, enter thru one end and out the other??


This comment made me laugh...and I think we all know the answer.
 
2013-09-07 03:13:15 AM  
Swapping addresses isn't likely to work more than twice at the most.

He's going to need a longer term plan.


Id like to know what he was charged with,  or could be charged with.
 
2013-09-07 03:16:12 AM  

Boo_Guy: Id like to know what he was charged with,  or could be charged with.


Being able to read.
 
2013-09-07 03:19:26 AM  
Based on the article, it's possible that the guy who had his house torn down switched the numbers so he could sue the city for a new one.
 
2013-09-07 03:33:22 AM  
 
2013-09-07 03:34:48 AM  

Ivo Shandor: [i.imgur.com image 320x240] Approve.


I guess George Green got into the demolition business.
 
2013-09-07 03:41:44 AM  

WelldeadLink: Boo_Guy: Id like to know what he was charged with,  or could be charged with.

Being able to read reed.


/pet peeve
 
2013-09-07 03:50:15 AM  
Looks like it doesn't matter anyway.
 
2013-09-07 04:12:11 AM  
It's Pontiac, they should bulldoze the entire shiat-hole city.
 
2013-09-07 04:49:49 AM  
Were the neighbors Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck?
 
2013-09-07 04:53:28 AM  

SevenizGud: It's Pontiac, they should bulldoze the entire shiat-hole city.


I have not been in Pontiac for many years but the immediate neighborhood doesn't look too bad in the satellite view... by Detroit standards.  There are no houses missing roofs and most houses appear to be occupied (cars are parked in the driveway).  Doesn't look too bad for a working class neighborhood, excepting, of course, the neighbor who appears to have turned his yard into a used autoparts junk yard.  Maybe he is the guy measuring value in 12 packs.  Which, btw, says something about the neighborhood as well, the guy can afford a 12 pack.  In Detroit the same standard would probably be 40 ouncers.
 
2013-09-07 05:32:54 AM  
I'm glad that this crackpot scheme actually worked. Even temporarily. It's like a looney tunes scheme. Ahh what a magical place the world can be.
 
2013-09-07 06:27:08 AM  
WTF?

Yours is a funny country, health care for citizens is not a guarantee, but if your house isn't up to scratch someone will come in and bulldoze it whether you like it or not (or the one next door if you swap the numbers over). Apparently the owner doesn't want it demolished, so why not just leave it be?
 
2013-09-07 06:39:41 AM  

EdNortonsTwin: I have it on reliable information that everything is measured in twelve packs in said county.  Diligence and procedure probably only exist in the local library's dictionary.

/hicup


Not everything, the house was valued at crackhead standards.  And if Pontiac knows anything it's what a crackhead would accept.
 
2013-09-07 06:59:23 AM  

EdNortonsTwin: I have it on reliable information that everything is measured in twelve packs in said county.  Diligence and procedure probably only exist in the local library's dictionary.

/hicup


The local WHAT? What are you talking about?
 
2013-09-07 07:03:25 AM  
On accident.

ON ACCIDENT.

Ffs.
 
2013-09-07 07:53:17 AM  

neongoats: I'm glad that this crackpot scheme actually worked. Even temporarily. It's like a looney tunes scheme. Ahh what a magical place the world can be.


It's amazing just how cynical you need to be to avoid being trolled in life. I was just telling subby's mom that after she woke up from the donkey punch. Good times.
 
2013-09-07 07:57:47 AM  

inclemency: On accident.

ON ACCIDENT.

Ffs.


Why come you don't got a tattoo?
 
2013-09-07 08:04:56 AM  

Sock Ruh Tease: inclemency: On accident.

ON ACCIDENT.

Ffs.

Why come you don't got a tattoo?


Oh but I do. Wanna see it?
 
2013-09-07 08:10:22 AM  

Resident Muslim: Isn't there a longish procedure when you do something like this?
- verify the address
- seal off the place
- put up clear signs
- ensure there is no one in the house, including scared children or pets that might be hiding
- (go thru the place and pocket any valuables)
- get a final sign-off
- shout a warning, blow a horn
- demolish
[You'd think the people whose house is about to get wrongfully demolished would know and call the cops.]

Or...do you just drive over there in a bulldozer, enter thru one end and out the other??


But with option B you can tear down the house and still meet the rest of the guys for breakfast at the diner.
 
2013-09-07 08:12:41 AM  
Resident Muslim:
Or...do you just drive over there in a bulldozer, enter thru one end and out the other??

Pontiac is a suburb of Detroit
 
2013-09-07 08:18:14 AM  
Mike--the man who owns the house that wasn't supposed to be torn down-- tells 7 Action News he was planning on renting it out on October 1 and he's wondering if the city of Pontiac owes him a new house.


City: Hehehe, yeah, that's not gonna happen. This is a civil matter, take your neighbor to court.
Insurance: We don't cover intentional damage. Sorry. By the way, your rates are going up.
Bulldozer driver: I's have PTSD froms the guilts of destroyings the wrong house. I needs worker's comp.
 
2013-09-07 08:20:46 AM  

Doesnt the wrecking crew have to haul away the rubble after demolishing this house?  Or are the ruins just left in place?

/did not watch the f-ing video

 
2013-09-07 08:29:08 AM  
"I wouldn't have given him a 12 pack of empties"

Love it.
 
2013-09-07 08:43:47 AM  

gwowen: I like the neighbour who measures the value of everything in 12-packs.


I was thinking that a 24 would have been better. I use the 6-pack system myself. Small favour = 6-pack. Big favour, like demolishing an eyesore = two-four.
 
2013-09-07 09:08:26 AM  
I was all set to be outraged for wrong-house guy, but the neighbors seem to think it was the right move...if he sues, he may not want a jury trial :)
 
2013-09-07 09:10:35 AM  
What do you do when your house is slated for demolition?

Go drinking at a pub with an alien after convincing the foreman to lie in front of the bulldozers in your place?
 
2013-09-07 09:48:41 AM  
Voiceofreason01: Resident Muslim:
Or...do you just drive over there in a bulldozer, enter thru one end and out the other??

Pontiac is a suburb of Detroit

ChrisDe: Resident Muslim: Isn't there a longish procedure when you do something like this?
- verify the address
- seal off the place
- put up clear signs
- ensure there is no one in the house, including scared children or pets that might be hiding
- (go thru the place and pocket any valuables)
- get a final sign-off
- shout a warning, blow a horn
- demolish
[You'd think the people whose house is about to get wrongfully demolished would know and call the cops.]

Or...do you just drive over there in a bulldozer, enter thru one end and out the other??

But with option B you can tear down the house and still meet the rest of the guys for breakfast at the diner.

-------
I see you two are in agreement. Almost like those two things go together.
;)
 
2013-09-07 09:58:41 AM  
"First thing we do, we switch all the room numbers."
"But, sir - think of the confusion!"
"Yes, but think of the fun!"

www.latimes.com

- A Night In Casablanca
 
2013-09-07 10:32:16 AM  
There should be some tolerances for house  demolition, like find the house number and demolish + - 3 houses on each side.
 
2013-09-07 10:49:12 AM  
I'd like to have a job in that demolition crew. No confirming they have the right house, just look at the numbers on the buildings as you go by, even if the numbers suddenly jump out of sequence.
 
2013-09-07 10:51:44 AM  
This sounds like a row of derelict houses that are falling down on their own that the city has been trying to demolish for a while but are being held up by the "owners" (I own my turds. But I flush them). I think in this case visual confirmation of the number on a dangerous looking uninhabitable house is enough for them to get to work. They would probably just have to come back for it in a few weeks anyway.
 
2013-09-07 11:55:06 AM  
Why would someone's house be scheduled for demolishing anyway?
 
2013-09-07 11:58:45 AM  
Sounds like a winning neighborhood they got there.
 
2013-09-07 12:28:25 PM  
And blaming the neighbor has nothing to do with getting the city off the hook.
 
2013-09-07 12:29:57 PM  

Bahleted: Why would someone's house be scheduled for demolishing anyway?


Pontiac is a suburb of Detroit.
 
2013-09-07 12:58:03 PM  
Calling these demolished structures "houses" is a stretch.  Zillow shows 404 Edison as an 800 square foot chicken coop worth $44K; the one next door is 1/4 that at $11K, one third the price of an average new car.  Plus neither are shown on Google Street View, perhaps because it was unsafe to drive there?

http://www.zillow.com/homes/404-edison-street-pontiac-mi_rb/
 
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